By Ben Leshau
By Ben Leshau
The construction of a Sh1.7 Billion Sewerage system set to benefit over 100, 000 Narok town dwellers and its environs is now complete.
The project funded by the Government of Kenya (GoK) in collaboration with Africa Development Bank commenced in April 2019 and it is expected to be commissioned in January 2021.
Speaking during an inspection tour yesterday,Water CS Ms Sicily Kariuki said the project was now 100 percent complete and ready for operation after attaining the 18 month-period.
She reported that the main trunk sewer and secondary sewers the sewage treatment works were now complete.
The first-ever sewerage plant in the town comes barely a year after the town was upgraded to a Municipality status.
“This project cost the government and partners Sh1.7Million and we are glad that the project was completed within the stipulated period of one year and half.This will also provide a platform for irrigation in the surrounding villages,”said the CS.
She said the whole system had been tested before the contractor hands over the project to the government for commissioning.
The CS laso revealed that the national government was also undertaking a Sh600 Million Kilgoris/Lolgorian water projects in the county beginning next year.
The project is being undertaken by Sinohydro Corporation Limited under the Rift Valley Water Works that began works at the site early last year.
Area Governor Samuel Tunai who had accompanied the CS in inspecting the project twermed the project as a major milestone and a boost to investor-confidence.
“Today is a great day for our county headquarters.Anytime I get an investor they always ask me whether we have a sewerage system,water and electricity and we have had the later but sewerage has been the problem,”said Mr Tunai.
The governor reiterated that Narok is now poised for a “City Status” now having a sewerage system and its strategic location as well as natural resources.
“We are blessed as a county.Narok is among the leading wheat/barley producers in the country,Narok town is also a gateway to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.With the sewerage now available,the future is bright,”he added.
The initiative is a big plus to Narok traders and dwellers who for a long time had to use exhausters to empty their sewerage incurring huge losses.
In 2017, President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a mega water project in Narok town that was financed by the Government of Kenya in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agencies (JICA) at a tune of Sh. 1.5 Billion.
The installation saw 45, 000 town dwellers benefit from clean water channeled by Narok Water and Sewerage Services Company (NARWASSCO).